This post will concentrate on Donald Trump’s style, and why he’s doing nothing more than being the consummate salesperson, 7x24x365. He can’t be anything else, because it’s worked for him, and it’s working for America. Plus, he’s done it for 70+ years.
Some background …
I’ve been a sales professional my entire career. I started in sales with IBM straight out of Ohio State in 1981. I had other sales and sales management jobs before starting my own company in 1996. Owning a company is a full-time sales job! Something I found out only after pulling the trigger and going out on my own.
As a sales professional, I was given, or took, tons of sales training seminars, and read tens, if not 100 or more, books on sales strategy.
Anyone like me will agree that there are a handful of sales techniques, because they are so effective, that virtually every seminar or book includes. The one I want to talk about today is “mirroring”.
Mirroring is a sales technique that says the way to build rapport or respect with a prospect is to mirror their body language, speech volume and patterns, and movement.
I found it particularly helpful with aggressive, antagonistic, negative, angry, prospects. The people who all salespeople will categorize as “mean”. Every sales vertical has buyers who are legendary for mean behavior. It’s their “schtick”.
The minute I knew I was dealing with a buyer like this, I turned to mirroring. It works every time. They come out aggressively and bombastically, I fire back.
In the case of a “mean buyer”, it earns you respect, which is their brand of rapport.
The President is doing this with Democrats and the MSM.
He sized them up years ago as “mean buyers”. He’s mirroring their style, which is attack, attack, attack, and then when they’re dead, attack some more. They started it; he’s going to finish it.
He’s not trying to build a relationship (rapport), he’s demanding respect through mirroring.
So, they are pissed off that he’s got their number and he’s calling it 24-hours a day.
He’s also got the tenacity and drive salespeople need to succeed. He will not back down.
He will either annihilate them, as they wish to do to him, or they will figure out a way to play ball. But he’s got the upper hand.
A few decades ago, I was exposed to the theory of “Occam’s Razor”.
Occam’s razor (or Ockham’s razor) is a principle from philosophy. Suppose there exists two explanations for an occurrence. In this case the one that requires the smallest number of assumptions is usually correct. Another way of saying it is that the more assumptions you have to make, the more unlikely an explanation. Occam’s razor applies especially in the philosophy of science, but also more generally.
William of Ockham (Occam, c. 1280—c. 1349)
My personal definition of Occam’s Razor is that the simplest, most straight-forward explanation for something, anything, has the highest likelihood of being the truth, or factual.
While Occam’s Razor isn’t 100% accurate when assessing situations, I’ve found that more-often-then-not, it is.
I’m writing this blog entry because today’s Mainstream Media (MSM) causes me to analyze almost every story they report using “The Razor”.
Right now, in the middle of the “Ukraine Phone Call” furor, the assertions by MSM talent and pundits defy all logic.
We have a transcript of a phone call that the Left says is telling us something it’s not, and the mental contortion we have to go through to believe them would tie us into pretzels.
And, with all the evidence indicating that something is very rotten in Denmark with Joe and Hunter Biden, we’d be even more twisted.
I encourage you to Google Occam’s Razor and use it as one strategy to decode the processed and fortified babbling that gets passed off to us as news by the MSM.
President Trump (@realDonaldTrump) needs more people like him in the House and Senate to get this country soundly headed in the right direction.
He needs people with these attributes to run:
They must want to do it because they care about the country
They must not do it for a “power trip”
They must be strongly committed to his policy agenda
They must not GAS about being re-elected
They must not do it for the money
They must have real-world experience and not be, or have the desire to be, career politicians
They must be strong representatives of their constituents, meaning they do what their constituents want done
They must be articulate, smart, and logical
They must be honest & truthful
They must be tenacious, assertive, and at times, aggressive
Being a little angry wouldn’t hurt!
We need to rid ourselves of the RINOs who are nothing more than turncoats, liars, deceivers.
It’s essential we get this done.
Trump will be gone in 2024. When he’s gone, there MUST be a mountain of “policy exhaust” left in elected members of Congress, both House & Senate, who will take the policy baton from him and continue racing forward to prosperity with freedom in the American Way.
I get really weary being told, because I will not be a climate alarmist, that I’m somehow a fascist. I don’t deny climate change is happening, it’s just that there are so many crank “academics” that I find much of their “research” total bullcrap.
And, I find that it’s really easy for some pompous, self-proclaimed, do-gooders to piss & moan about how the planet is going to hell in a handcart.
But then I had an inspiration …
How about asking these self-righteous knobs to tell me what they’re doing to reduce their “carbon footprint”?
So I did.
And I found that most had no answer at all … none. Yet they “care so much” and are so “passionate” about their “climate activism”. WTF? So …
I now ask …
1) I drive a hybrid, Toyota Camry that gets 46 MPG city or highway. It replaced a standard, 2L, Ford Focus that got about 40MPG. The Focus replaced an SUV. How about you?
2) I replaced my air conditioning, furnace, water heater, and clothes washer with super-high efficiency models, and reduced my energy usage (and bills!) by 50%. How about you?
3) I replaced my windows & doors with super high e-factor models, and further reduced my energy usage. How about you?
4) I’ve replaced most of the fixtures in my home with LED units, which last forever and use much less energy. How about you?
5) I recycle everything I possibly can. How about you?
6) I compost all food waste, and have been, for years. How about you?
7) I installed infrared, auto shut-off, light switches where I could, to make sure if I leave lights on, they go off within 15 minutes. How about you?
8) I fly commercial, unlike Al Gore & Bernie Sanders. How about you? (this is a trick question, but they never realize)
Usually, these folks don’t even recycle, because, “My community doesn’t do curbside recycling pickup”. But, they can package recyclables up and take them to a recycling center. Their response? “Well, that takes too much time.”
And to that I say, “When you’re ready to get your butt up off your couch and do something, come back and we’ll do this again, and if you score higher than me, you can THEN lecture me on climate change / global warming / whatever “they’re” calling it today.
Let me tell you a story and you’ll understand why my pumpkin is frosty.
My parents were both from poor, coal-mining, families from NE Pennsylvania. Scranton, actually, so I guess I have that in common with Joe Biden @JoeBiden and Hillary Clinton @HillaryClinton, which, I must admit, makes me a little afraid.
My Mom’s father died of black lung when she was 6, my Dad’s father died shortly after one of his sons was killed in WW2 – mostly of a broken heart I believe.
When I say poor families, I mean “outhouse poor” families.
Russian-American, immigrant, families who were rich in faith & love of family & friends, but nothing else. They heated their homes with coal, when they could afford it, or scavenge for it along railroad tracks; it fell from overloaded cars.
Were they discriminated against for being “DPs”? Hell yes!
Did they ever bitch & moan about it? Hell no!
What did they do?
They worked hard.
They valued education, especially because it was free & could help them improve their lots in life.
They worshipped faithfully.
They lived within their means, and there wasn’t much to live on.
They were proud Americans.
They dug in & played by the rules.
They respected the law (and their elders!).
They served in the armed forces; Army, Navy, Air Force.
When they married, they married for life. My Dad passed away several years ago and at that time my parents had been married 57-years.
As a child, I was loved by all, I learned family was important from what we did and how we treated each other, not from shallow, hollow, words. I also knew that come hell-or-high-water, I was expected to go to college, even if all but one or two of my elder family members hadn’t. This was not optional.
We were taught to play by the rules, keep our noses clean, do what is right, and treat every other human being with respect, no matter what their race, creed, color, gender, or sexual orientation. Because my parents came from poverty, they knew how it was to be treated shabbily.
Instead of taking an attitude of, “When I succeed, I’m going to be just as rude to those below me as those above me are to me,” they taught us that it can be just one small thing in life that knocks you from “King of the Hill” to “Bottom of the Barrel” overnight.
Be humble, because you never know when it will come in handy.
My sister and I, with considerable financial help from our parents, both graduated college debt-free. She and I have always played fair, worked hard, believed in the American dream. She married a frat brother of mine.
They lived frugally, she was, for the most part, a stay-at-home Mom. My brother-in-law worked for a few big and some small companies before stepping out and starting his own business with their own money. I did the same.
He and I worked hard for what we have. And, contrary to Obama, we DID build “that”.
I cannot imagine a President with more condescension, arrogance, narcissism, lack of experience, and lack of job generation skill than Obama. He sucked off the system, and still does.
What I can say, unequivocally, is Obama didn’t build HIMSELF, “we the people” built him. The ungrateful clown.
Now, people who haven’t lived through any kind of hardship, who came from prosperity, who have never worked hard, who have never created a job (I have created THOUSANDS BTW), who have not played by the rules, who have gamed the system, who have lived dishonestly, career politicians who’ve only been paid with taxpayer money …
… THEY want to tell ME what to do, what to say, how to speak, how to act, steal my money, and then “shame” me and “cancel” me if I don’t comply?
Here’s what I have to say to them:
“Read my mind mother****ers!”
Y’all have awoken a sleeping giant, and that giant ain’t going back to sleep.